Claims have now been below 300,000 for 113 straight weeks, the longest such stretch since 1970.
The 4-week moving average was 243,000, an increase of 750 from the previous week's unrevised average of 242,250.
The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 1.4 percent for the week ending April 22, unchanged from the previous week's unrevised rate.
The continuing claims drawn by workers for more than a week (the advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment) during the week ending April 22 was 1,964,000, a decrease of 23,000 from the previous week's revised level. The previous week's level was revised down by 1,000 from 1,988,000 to 1,987,000. This is the lowest level for insured unemployment since April 15, 2000 when it was 1,962,000. The 4-week moving average was 1,989,250, a decrease of 17,750 from the previous week's revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since November 26, 1988 when it was 1,978,250. The previous week's average was revised down by 250 from 2,007,250 to 2,007,000.